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How to Find Scholarships for College

Every high school senior is asking the same question: How do I earn scholarships for college? It’s an easy question to ask, but finding where to start is much harder. We want to help you! We’ve compiled a practical guide to finding scholarships that meet your financial needs — from state funding to institutional funding. Read on to devise your own plan for how to find college scholarships!


State scholarships and grants

Your state may have a state scholarship program to help you. You can find information and application procedures from the scholarship agency of your home state.

Scholarships from your community

Be sure to apply for grants and scholarships in your local community. The majority of outside scholarships come from local organizations that want to help!

– Local community foundations: This is a good place to start! Locate your community foundation and see what is available for you.

– High school guidance offices and libraries: Your guidance counselor or high school library may have resources to help you research scholarships that may be the right fit for you. Reach out to them for more information on what scholarships you can apply for.

– U.S. veterans: If you or your parent is an eligible U.S. veteran, you may have educational benefits available to you.

– Disabled students: You might qualify for assistance from your state agency.

– Community service organizations and local bank trust departments: These often offer funding opportunities.

And remember: It never hurts to ask. The time you spend investigating will be well worth it!

Scholarships in our community

If you’re a Kosciusko County resident, the Kosciusko County Community Foundation offers more than 100 scholarship funds to graduating high school seniors, current college students, and non-traditional students. For more information on how to find scholarships, check eligibility criteria, and apply, go to the Kosciusko County Community Foundation website.

Wondering how to find scholarships? Grace College provides tips for those searching how to find college scholarships. Learn from these tips.

Some Other Helpful Resources

The following websites are great resources that will inform you how to find college scholarships outside of regional scholarships:

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): By filling out the FAFSA, you open the door to various financial aid opportunities from the federal government, and you might even qualify for more scholarships from your state, community, or college.

Fastweb: A free scholarship-matching service that caters to your strengths, interests, and skills.

College Board: A mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success through information about scholarships, tests, careers, and college preparation.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org: Besides the many general scholarships available to students of any religious affiliation, this website includes a wellspring of funding for Christian students.

Access Scholarships: From scholarship information to tips on packing for college, Access Scholarships has numerous resources to assist you as you look for scholarships and navigate the college search process.

Scholarships.com: This is another free scholarship-matching website with a large directory of scholarships. Simply complete your profile with information about your state, major, and other characteristics, and it will pair you with scholarship opportunities you qualify for.

 

Grace College scholarships

At Grace, we offer financial aid to 100% of our students! You could qualify for scholarships based on your GPA, your family’s income, athletics, church affiliation, or even by visiting campus. Learn how to find scholarships unique to Grace College!

Presidential Scholarship Days: Every year, Grace invites eligible students to come to campus and interview with faculty and staff for the chance to win a full-tuition scholarship or other scholarships. You must apply to Grace to be considered, so if you haven’t done so yet, apply here.

International Students: If you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident, you may receive a scholarship for being an international student.

For more assistance on your journey and information on how to find scholarships, check out our financial aid checklist and see what scholarships you can apply for at Grace College.

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